I love that you can take the ugliest brown spotted, mushy bananas that no one wants to eat, and recycle them into a delicious bread. Adding cocoa powder, and mini chocolate chips to the mix results in a magnificent loaf that you won’t be able to stop at just one piece, or two. Yeah, it’s that good!
- 3 large overripe bananas
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan, set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas and whisk in the melted butter. Add the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, test with a toothpick. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack.
(Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.)
Gotta admit THAT is a new one on me… Never heard of chocolate banana bread! 🙂
It’s pretty decadent – but since it has fruit in it, you don’t feel so bad scarfing down a slice for breakfast.